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The Spirit gives life

– 2 Corinthians 3:6 –

He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

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Discern the spirit.

It is difficult sometimes.

If in the harshness of words there is the Spirit of love – it is good.

If in the lightness of Love there is the Spirit of Truth; which is Freedom and Joy – it is good.

Discern the Spirit of things, only watch out for Buffoons who would sell you life without death, or Deathmongers who would have you find Obedience in fear – and leave you with a hateful God.

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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Slaves again!

– Galatians 4:8-10 –

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Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods.

But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable forces?

Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?

You are observing special days and months and seasons and years!

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Be free.

Enjoy Christmas.

Stay in the Spirit of Christ.

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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The Spirit

– 2 Corinthians 3:12-18 –

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12 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. 13 We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away. 14 But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. 15 Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. 16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

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– 2 Corinthians 3:9

  • – “…if the ministry that condemns men is glorious…how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness!”
 
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Posted by on December 12, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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Laughter

Put your hands under my thigh,
Immigrant,

You from the Eastern Peoples,
Come with the Shepherdess you call Rachel and water your sheep!

Sooth your bitter cry, Esau
Who sold your birthright for a yellow bowl of stew,

You are not about to die,

The West’s intent is more evil than your deceit, come
Mind not the bully with the swastika on his back,

Mind not the woman on his arm with the snarling teeth, fear
Not the politician and his fat black briefcase,

Eat now you handsome man!
Your whole body like a hairy garment!

The smell of you is like the smell of a field,
So eat now,

Before the Policeman in Arkansas hunts you down.

 
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Posted by on December 12, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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We commend ourselves in every way

– 2 Corinthians 6:4-10 –

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We commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; 5 in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; 6 in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; 7 in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; 8 through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; 9 known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; 10 sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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Reward

– 2 Corinthians 5:7-10 –

For we live by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9 So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

 
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Posted by on December 10, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love…”


And I will show you a still more excellent way:

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  • If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
  • If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
  • If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
  • Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

  • It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
  • Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
  • It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
  • Love never fails.

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For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

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  • – 1 Corinthians 13 –
 
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Posted by on December 10, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love.” – 1 Corinthians 16:13 -14

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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Holy

-Isiah 6:3-

And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”

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The Bible never says God is Love, Love, Love – or Mercy, Mercy, Mercy – or Just, Just, Just.

But he is Holy Holy Holy

He has never had an unkind thought of us.

I became overly casual with God.

I forgot his wrath, his Justice his Holiness and his Sovereignty and I suffered a great fall

And yet in his Mercy, written in this very fall, was my redemption because I have not drank again.

I remember the day I said: “Please. Just help me.”

And my tears overflow today for my sobriety.

Inadequate for the long periods of concentration I was once able to rely on, unsteady in the light that seems grayer than the sparkling, glittering highs on Vodka and Rum – all lies – all ruin.

My heavenly father has reached in and plucked me by the tuft on my head, and set me free.

Five hundred and fifty-five days.

Imagine.

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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“Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him?” – Romans 11:35

For thine is the Kingdom,

The Power and the Glory

Forever and ever;

Amen.

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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